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Soroptimists celebrate another year of service

December 20, 2011|By Ruth Sowby

Members of Soroptimist International of Glendale outdid themselves this year by presenting checks totaling $20,000 to 13 organizations serving women and girls. Their annual luncheon was held on Thursday, Dec. 15, at the Glendale Hilton Hotel.

Soroptimist President Liz Mirzaian welcomed more than 70 members and guests.

Interim City Manager and Soroptimist member Yasmin Beers offered greetings from the City. Soroptimist Service Club Chairperson Susan Hunt introduced the service grant awardees.

The heart of the program was the money giveaway dubbed “Snowflakes and Service.” Among the 13 grant recipients was Elsie Benton, Co-Founder and Director of the Walter Hoving Home in Pasadena. The Home houses 50 women who have been substance abusers. Soroptimist member and La Cañada Flintridge resident Janet Hamilton personally donated $3,000 toward the Home’s program services such as vocation rehabilitation. But the story is where Hamilton got the money. She was the winner of the Glendale Kiwanis Duck Splash. Hamilton earmarked a portion of her winnings to admission fees for the women’s residential program at the Home.

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Also a recipient of a Soroptimist grant was the Glendale Commission on the Status of Women. Present to accept $750 was Commission Chairperson and Soroptimist member Paula Devine, as well as Commissioner Lynda Burns. The money will help support the Commission’s Camp Rosie, a summer workshop for teenage girls. “The girls learn life skills, financial literacy and safe dating,” said Devine.

The Soroptimist Committee members, all present, were Chairperson Hunt, Joan Allan, Beers, Margo Bottcher, Bobbi Brundige, Devine, Sandy Doughty, Val Douglas, Michele Flynn, Hamilton, Jill Lewis, Lisa McMurray, Lynne Raggio, Lou Rhodes and Sandy Schultz.

Soroptimist International of Glendale raises funds throughout the year. The largest proceeds come from the organization’s annual Bras for a Cause. Next spring’s event is themed “Bras for a Cause Celebrates Holidays.” Mark your calendars for April 28 and decorate a bra. It will support many good causes.

The Oakmont League of Glendale has been donating food, preparing it and serving Christmas dinner for the blind for 60 years.

This year’s meal was held on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at Glendale’s Foothill Service Club for the Blind on Los Feliz. After musical selections by the Van Bloem Singers, 20 League volunteers served dinner at 12:00 sharp.

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